Malta App Challenge



Earth Observation Training Day

A hands-on course was delivered by the European Space Agency and Airbus Defence & Space on the 1st of February in Malta.

Photos from the event


The Malta Council for Science and Technology, MITA and the Malta Environment and Planning Agency are organising the…

Posted by Eurisy on Tuesday, 2 February 2016



Date:  1st February 2016
Time:  09:00 – 17:00, Lunch will be provided
Agenda: The agenda of the training day is below and available for download here.
Place:  Malta Council for Science and Technology, Villa Bighi, Il-Kalkara

Register your interest in attending the training day by sending an email to


09:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction. James Foden, MCST
                     Users’ interests in Malta. Stephen Grixti, MCST

10:15-10:45 ESA SNAP toolbox* – Hands-on Intro. Chris Stewart, ESA

1. Optical image basic processing [Sentinel-2, Malta]
2. Spectral analysis [Sentinel-2, Malta]
3. Band maths (NDVI) [Sentinel-2, Malta]

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:35 ESA SNAP toolbox* – Hands-on session 1. Chris Stewart, ESA

4. Change detection optical: burnt area mapping [MERIS, Spot, Greece]
SAR image basic processing [Sentinel-1, ASAR, Malta]:
                    a. Calibration
                    b. Speckle filtering
                    c. Orthorectification

12:30-13:15 Lunch Break hosted by MCST

13:15-15:15 ESA SNAP toolbox* – Hands-on session 2. Chris Stewart, ESA

6. Change detection SAR: flood monitoring [Sentinel-1, Myanmar]
7. Oil spill detection [ASAR, Gulf of Mexico]
8. Deformation mapping [Sentinel-1, Fogo]

15:30-16:30 Applications from daily EO business. George Vozikis, Airbus D&S

16:30-17:00 Open Q&A session

Priority would be given to App Challenge applicants. Since places are limited, other registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Earth Observation (EO) training will be primarily composed of a hands-on session. It will be delivered  by experts from ESA and Airbus D&S. This session will help applicants explore the potential of EO data and how this may be exploited through the use of freely available toolboxes. Applicants are advised to bring their own laptops to the session.